Fill in the blank- Valentine’s Day makes me:
A. So happy! I love love!
B. So nauseated. Get. a. room. happy. people.
C. So sad. Is it any coincidence that the acronym Single Awareness Day spells SAD?
D. Huh? When is Valentine’s Day?
As a newlywed (when does the statute of limitations on that word expire? We’ll hit a year next month, but I still feel like that’s new), I’m more likely to choose A, but that hasn’t always been the case. There were many years where I was convinced that I would never meet that special someone. We even had “Anti-Valentine’s” parties in college. But, I’m here to tell you that Valentine’s Day isn’t as bad as you think it is.
I know that as a married person, it’s easy to dismiss what I say. You may even be mumbling something about how it’s easy for me to talk about love since I’m married. I get it, I really do. I’ve even said that a few times myself. However, what changed my mind was realizing that Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. I wrote a post about this on my Thankful 366 blog a couple of years ago, and I think it’s worth revisiting. Read, enjoy, and eat lots of candy on my behalf tomorrow!
“Love comes in many forms. The most obvious form of love celebrated on February 14 is romantic love, but love (and Valentine’s Day) is much more than that. As Chris, a student that I know from work, posted on his Facebook this morning: [Valentine’s Day should be] about the love you have in your heart for another person. It should be about people that make you smile and feel confident and strong. He’s absolutely right! Some people are in romantic relationships with people that don’t make the smile or feel good. Some people are single, but have wonderful families and friends that continually build them up and make them feel great. I’m blessed enough to be in a fantastic relationship, have an outstanding family, and great friends, so I do have the best of both worlds. That’s just my side note for those I love! 😉
The point of this day isn’t to make you feel even more single than you do (and as someone who spend 27 years being single, I’m qualified to say this…ha ha) but to show appreciation for and be appreciated by people you love. It’s also about God’s love for you. John 3:16 is hands down, unequivocally, the most well-known verse in the Bible, and it’s also the greatest example of love that any of us will ever see. No matter how great the people in your life are, they will let you down. There will be harsh words and misunderstandings, simply because we’re all humans with emotions. But God will never let you down. His love will always be there on February 14, 15, 16, 17, and beyond. Be thankful for that and never forgot how much He loves you.”
(And for those of you who remember me saying on Tuesday that I was going to post a product review today, just change that date to this upcoming Tuesday in your head. I know you’re just chomping at the bit to read it!)